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North East coronavirus restrictions

People across seven council areas in the North East are now subject to stricter coronavirus restrictions after a spike in cases.

Here's a reminder of some of the key points:

  • The rules affect Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham council areas
  • There is a ban on households mixing both inside and in gardens, but outside in a park could be alright if people social distance, a health boss said
  • The measures mean restaurants and bars will only be able to offer table service and will have to shut between 22:00 BST and 05:00
  • Holidays are permitted but only with members of your household or support bubble
  • People should not spectate at any grassroots sport or play sport in the restricted areas

There is some confusion over whether to exclude grandparents helping with childcare from the restrictions, with discussions between Newcastle CIty Council and the government taking place yesterday.

'We expect people to understand'

The leader of Gateshead Council said he expects "the majority of people" to understand the new restrictions and abide by them.

Martin Gannon said: "Nobody welcomes these things but I would think the vast majority of people recognise these are extremely difficult times and we all need to act and pull together.

"The majority of people understand and we expect to get support from most."

Where will the new measures cover?

The new measures are expected be in place in the areas covered by Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, Northumberland County Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.

Areas managed by the councils of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland will not be covered by the new restrictions, it is believed..

What is the North East's infection rate?

The North East has seen a resurgence of coronavirus in recent weeks and four boroughs were last week placed on the government's watchlist for areas needing "enhanced support".

On Monday, councils in the seven areas of Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland called for new restrictions.

BBC analysis of the government's figures shows that, as of Wednesday, Bolton had the highest rate in England at 204.1 per 100,000 people in the week to 13 September.

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Sunderland's rate was 82.1 per 100,000 people, South Tyneside was 93.4, Gateshead was 81.7, Newcastle was 64.1, North Tyneside was 46.7, with County Durham at 37.4 and Northumberland at 25.7.

In total there were 1,106 new cases in a seven-day period.